Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Prayer update from Burma (Myanmar)

‘Give thanks to the Lord because he is good; his love is eternal.’ 1 Chronicles 16:34 (GNB)

Tonight I am glad to share this encouraging update from the Bible Society:-

In our previous email, we asked for your prayers to help the people of Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.

‘For the first time in over 30 years, Church leaders were standing alongside ministers and other government leaders as they waited to receive aid for their people,’ Mike Freeman, Bible Society’s Volunteer Recruitment and Development Officer said. Mike is part of an emergency response team with Samaritan’s Purse. ‘The Church has operated discretely for decades. This is the time for their voice to be heard in Myanmar,’ he continued.

Over 7,000 Christians are recorded dead and 300 churches destroyed. Official figures put the death toll in Burma at 78,000 – but the Red Cross and the UN say the disaster could have claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people.

As humanitarian needs are being addressed, Mike is assessing the need for Scriptures among those who long for encouragement from God’s Word during these difficult times.

Please thank God:

That the relief team has been able to get aid into the country.
For Bible Society staff who are working with other organisations to meet the needs of their people.

Please pray:

For the spiritual needs of the people of Burma, that Bible Society and its partners are able to provide the support they need.
For the steadfastness of the Church in Myanmar. And that, even though they have suffered great loss, their faith is a great encouragement to others.
That other trips to Rangoon with relief consignments are successful in getting much needed aid into people’s hands.
Please make a gift today to help the people of Burma www.biblesociety.org.uk/burma-myanmar

Thank you for your support.

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